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  •  Funny, (12+ / 0-)

    I can code in HTML, but not very sophisticated stuff. Took it as far as I needed to a few years back, was satisfied and never had the need to go beyond that.

    My challenges are very related to my eyes and how my brain learns these days. I am, of course, brilliant but have watched the way I learn change over the years (SLE makes a difference, impacting eyes and brain) and how my memory works. Rather than get ticked (which I sometimes do), I just try to accept and let folks know what I can/can't/won't do and ask for help when I need it. Hard, but it works and I am reassured that my brain hasn't turned to watery grits but just works a bit differently but still just as well.

    Thanks for the help.

    You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else. -- Sir Winston Churchill

    by bleeding heart on Thu Feb 10, 2011 at 09:10:47 AM PST

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    •  Nicely said bh....... (11+ / 0-)

      The combination of age and whatever the hell the autoimmune disease is that I am dealing with has affected my cognitive skills  as well.

      I have been sooooo frustrated lately. I'm working on acceptance, but it's (its/?) a slow process.

      Love is the lasting legacy of our lives

      by princesspat on Thu Feb 10, 2011 at 09:30:38 AM PST

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      •  Hang in there, princesspat. (10+ / 0-)

        Sorry you're going through that. Are you diagnosed? Or are you still in that medical purgatory of "diagnosing" before you enter the medical hellish maze of treatment?

        I gotta tell you, that adjustment isn't easy, perhaps especially on those who have always been "the smart ones" and known all the answers, been able to recall phone numbers and where everything is. Now I'm dealing with swiss cheese brain syndrome (I call it): solid until you hit a black hole.

        And I can't read a book. My eyes are so blurred from inflammation, my eyes water up, get blurred, weep and I have to constantly wipe my eyes. I can see only a computer screen b/c it's easier to wipe my eyes. However, my eye tests at the opthamologist weigh in at 20/20 vision. And, no, I don't want Kindle.

        Be kind to yourself, is all I can say. Just be kind. Find another way to do, learn, depend on others (I've discussed having mr bh reading to me when we're interested in the same book), get inventive. I realized I had more tricks at my disposal than I thought because I had been using the same ones over and over. Biggest of all was learning to forgive myself without 200 face palms when I posted typos I have never made in my life, let alone let them slip by me after proofing! I can share some of my tricks (just a few) if you want to send me a note. Addy's in my profile.

        You're brilliant too. You can figure it out. BTW, nobody except mr bh even sees a change in me. To us, the changes are obvious, much more to me than to him.

        You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else. -- Sir Winston Churchill

        by bleeding heart on Thu Feb 10, 2011 at 09:47:43 AM PST

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